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INEC Office set ablaze by protesting Benue youths

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its office in the Sankara area of Ukum LGA in Benue has been burnt down.

In a statement on Wednesday, Sam Olumekun, INEC’s national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education committee, said the incident was reported by Sam Egwu, the state’s resident electoral commissioner (REC).

He said the youths in the area, who were protesting against the activities of bandits in the communities, attacked the INEC office and other government facilities around 2pm.

“Although no casualties were reported, the building has been extensively damaged. Office furniture and other movable and immovable materials, including 10 electric generators, 300 ballot boxes, and 270 voting cubicles, were destroyed in the attack,” the statement reads.

“The attention of security agencies has been drawn to the incident, and they have already deployed their personnel to the area.”

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Armed robbery suspect falls into well after raiding students hostels

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An armed robbery suspect, simply identified by his nickname, Bob Jay fell into an open well on Friday night after he and other gang members raided student’s hostel in Unicross, Okuku campus.

The robbers, according to a student of the school who gave her name as Regina, attacked students in their hostel at about 12 midnight and carted away laptops, phones and money and after the robbery, one of the hoodlums fell into an open well while trying to escape with their loot.

“They were many that came around 12 midnight. They robbed all the students in the Okuku hostel. They stabbed one student, broke the head of another with a stick before escaping with phones, laptops and other valuables,” She told Vanguard on phone.

She said the well was used by students to fetch water to bathe and wash clothes and has no cover.

“Nobody knew that one of the robbers fell into the well until dawn when students went to fetch water and saw the man inside dead. They raised alarm and the community people came and took him out and was identified as one of the robbers and some people said his name is Bob Jay from Mbube, a neigbouring village”

She said the police were alerted and they came and took the body away.

She said no other gang members identified yet since the robbers phone fished out of his picket is blur.

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Kogi Fraud: Handover Yahaya Bello to EFCC for trial – Adeyanju to Gov Ododo

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Popular activist lawyer, Deji Adeyanju has asked Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State to hand over his predecessor, Yahaya Bello to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for trial.

Adeyanju made the call while describing Ododo as an impunity-loving governor.

Posting on Facebook, Adeyanju wrote: “Ododo, the impunity-loving governor of Kogi State should hand over Yahaya Bello to the EFCC to face trial for all his corrupt acts.”

Bello has been on the run since EFCC initiated a fraud case of N80.2 billion allegedly committed while he was still governor of Kogi State.

He went into hiding after operatives of the anti-graft agency attempted to arrest him from his residence in Abuja.

During the raid by EFCC, Ododo had stormed Bello’s residence and whisked him out of the house.

Following its inability to arrest him, EFCC had placed him on the wanted list.

Amid the saga with the EFCC, Bello had prayed an Abuja Federal High Court to transfer his case to Kogi State for trial.

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But Justice John Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court dismissed Bello’s application seeking to transfer his case to Kogi State.

Justice Tsoho upheld the argument of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that the case should remain in Abuja.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Ododo is hiding Bello at the Kogi State Government House.

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Five trapped as building collapses in Osun

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Residents of the Sabo area in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, were gripped with fear on Sunday, July 14, when an abandoned building, allegedly used by hoodlums, collapsed.

Five people were reportedly trapped inside when the building collapsed around 7:30 am.

It was learned that the uncompleted, abandoned storey building had been used by hoodlums as an abode before its collapse.

A source known as Tunde explained that the building was a den for cultists, hoodlums, and other bad actors, and that security operatives had raided it several times before its collapse on Sunday morning.

He said: “As I am talking to you, security operatives with rescue teams have arrived the scene. They have brought crain machine to the scene, they rescued three people from the rumbles.”

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps(NSCDC), Osun State Command, Kehinde Adeleke confirmed the collapse.

According to her, “Subsequent to our earlier report dated 10 June 2024 in which we reported on an uncompleted building used as residence by hoodlums by AUD primary school, Sabo Elegun.

“The building we reported was an eyesore and we recommended raiding by task force and the environmental body to the building is sanitised. The said building collapsed at about 07:30 hrs today Sunday 14th July 2024 entrapping 5 people.

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“Two people have been rescued so far while the remaining three are entrapped under the decking that requires the use of a Crain.

“While we await the crane, people are doing all they can within the physical human capacity to break the decking and connected rods. The LGA chairman and his team were around and they have gone to see how the Crain can be brought down. On ground are the SSG who just arrived , NSCDC, Police commissioner of police and the team, OSEMA, and other government dignitaries.”

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